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Design for Freestanding Emergency Center Unveiled

NewERDesign1TALLAHASEE, Fla. — The unveiling of the new Tallahassee Memorial Emergency Center Northeast building’s concept design reveals an embracing structure, infusing modern elements that achieve both aesthetic and sustainable results.

“Design has the power to promote feelings of wellness and healing. The combined team of CRA and FreemanWhite sets the bar for innovation in their industry and will help to bring our vision to life, setting a new benchmark for improving comfort for all patients, while providing truly outstanding emergency care,” said Mark O’Bryant, president & CEO, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.

The building concept displays a pre-cast structure highlighted by areas of glass that denote the direction of entry and allows for excellent views from the interior. The main public entry view is open and inviting, both in material and form, producing a visual “embrace” for all who enter.

The design includes a separate entrance into the pediatric emergency waiting room. In addition, the upper level model incorporates wood-like screening elements that would both deflect light in the night for the surrounding neighborhoods and reduce energy requirements by providing shade during daylight. Lastly, the north side of the building plans for a prominently lit marquee element that should be visible at any speed from the I-10 corridor.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare selected Clemons, Rutherford & Associates and FreemanWhite, Inc. in a joint partnership to design the area’s first freestanding emergency center. Clemons, Rutherford & Associates is a Tallahassee firm that specializes in healthcare and educational facilities. CRA has teamed with FreemanWhite, Inc., an emergency department design consulting firm that has completed more than 200 emergency centers in the U.S. and is considered the national leader in ED design.

FreemanWhite lead the planning effort under the direction of Jon Huddy, managing principal, who authored the book “Emergency Department Design: A Practical Guide to Planning for the Future”published by the American College of Emergency Physicians.

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Posted April 19, 2012

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